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Tigers open as college hoops underdog vs Gators

LSU TigersFlorida Gators
17-10March 01, 2014, 04:00 | Stephen O'Connell Center26-2

Florida will look to improve on its 26-2 record on Saturday when they host LSU in NCAA basketball odds action at Stephen O'Connell Center.

The Tigers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 9-12-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Gators are 10-11-3 ATS. LSU is 14-8-1 on the totals; Florida is 7-16-1.

View LSU Tigers vs Florida Gators Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 13-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

This game puts the Gators, most recently No. 10 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Tigers, who rate No. 110 in the latest survey.

LSU was a 68-49 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas A&M. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. The Tigers grabbed a 68-49 win over the Aggies on Wednesday, behind a 20-point effort from Jarell Martin at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

In their last action, Florida was a 57-54 winner on the road against Vanderbilt. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Gators grabbed a 57-54 win over the Commodores on Tuesday, behind a 19-point effort from Dorian Finney-Smith at Memorial Gymnasium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Florida's No. 150 nationally ranked offense (70.75 points per game) against a Tigers defense that sits as the No. 181 at 71.85 PPG. The Gators have been averaging 45.58% from the field, more than the Tigers have managed so far this season (45.16% on average).

A few Tigers at Gators trends to consider:
LSU is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of LSU's last 13 games
LSU is 1-7-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
LSU is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Florida is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Florida's last 10 games
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
LSU at Vanderbilt, Thursday, March 6th
Florida at South Carolina, Tuesday, March 4th